Tuesday, September 9, 2014

County Fair Time!

My sons took dairy cattle to the county fair last week. They spent lots of time working with their animals over the summer; brushing them, teaching them to walk with a halter, clipping them, etc. After all the preparation, it's very exciting taking the animals to the fair! They looked so nice and did well adjusting to being away from home. It was a fun-filled five days. . . .

Garrett and Jack spent lots of time at the farm preparing their animals for fair
The boys give their animals a hair cut to make them look nice for the fair
The Geauga Dairymen 4-H Club display looked nice
Club Leader, Emma, helps Garrett groom Vanessa in preparation for the show
Garrett and Jack are ready to head into the show ring
Lad looks over Garrett's heifer, Vanessa, before he goes in to show
The Judge talks with Garrett during Showmanship
Garrett had two heifers competing for Jr Champion; his fellow 4-H member, Vince, leads Vanessa
Vanessa won Reserve Jr Champion at the 4-H Show!
Jack leads Daisy around the show ring - it was his first time showing and he did great!
Paul, Jack and Vince showing heifers from our farm
Thanks to Cherokee Demolition for purchasing the club's Dairy Basket
Jack relaxes with Daisy
When the dairy show is over, it's time time relax a little and have some fun. . . .

The men chat while on barn duty
They had a blast playing in the hay - Jack likes to be the life of the party
Joking around with Shock Gum
Good friends
Jack brings his heifer out to show classmates and teachers from his school
Jack showing Daisy to his friend, Anna
Garrett and the other club members help a neighbor milk his cows one evening
Jack on his favorite ride; the YoYo
Jack bungee jumps with his buddy Louie

I serve on the local Farm Bureau board, so I worked at the display tent during the fair. . .
Kids loved milking the cow!
The combine at the Farm Bureau display is a big hit!
Being involved in 4-H and participating in the fair is a great experience for young people. They learn about caring for animals, responsibility, teamwork, and develop friendships. They also have the opportunity to share information about dairy farming with the public. Many people stop to ask questions about the dairy animals during the fair. It's great to talk with others and share the story of dairy farming.

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